O Lord, God of my salvation,
I cry out to you by day.
I come to you at night.
Now hear my prayer;
listen to my cry.
For my life is full of troubles,
and death draws near.
I am as good as dead,
like a strong man with no strength left.
They have left me among the dead,
and I lie like a corpse in a grave.
I am forgotten,
cut off from your care.
You have thrown me into the lowest pit,
into the darkest depths.
Your anger weighs me down;
with wave after wave you have engulfed me.
You have driven my friends away
by making me repulsive to them.
I am in a trap with no way of escape.
My eyes are blinded by my tears.
Each day I beg for your help, O Lord;
I lift my hands to you for mercy.
Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead?
Do the dead rise up and praise you?
Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love?
Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place
Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds?
Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk
about your righteousness?
O Lord, I cry out to you.
I will keep on pleading day by day.
O Lord, why do you reject me?
Why do you turn your face from me?
I have been sick and close to death since my youth.
I stand helpless and desperate before your
Your fierce anger has overwhelmed me.
Your terrors have paralyzed me.
They swirl around me like floodwaters all day long.
They have engulfed me completely.
You have taken away my companions and loved
Darkness is my closest friend.
What do Psalms of Lament do for us?
1. They give us permission
2. They give us language
3. They give us a narrative
The editing of the Psalms
Book 1 Psalms 1-41
Book 2 Psalms 42-72
Fall of Jerusalem, exile, lament
Book 4 Psalms 90-106
David, Solomon & the temple
Book 3 Psalms 73-89
Looking back, God’s faithfulness, Yahweh is King!
Book 5 Psalms 107-150
Exiles gathered, God rules nations, looking forward to
coming King & glorious future for God’s people
My God, my God, why have you
Psalm 22: 1